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Anthony Martial sources expecting Manchester United contract announcement

Manchester United could announce Anthony Martial’s five-year contract before the Premier League trip to Leicester on Sunday. Martial has agreed a five-year extension until 2024 and sources close to the striker expect Martial to formally sign his new deal on deadline day, with an official announcement possible later on. United triggered the one-year extension in the 23-year-old’s contract on...

Manchester United transfer plans on deadline day revealed

Manchester United could announce a number of departures on deadline day as Marouane Fellaini prepares to leave the club. Fellaini, 31, is set to join Chinese Super League (CSL) side Shandong Luneng Taishan after five-and-a-half years at Old Trafford. The Belgium international has only played 31 minutes under caretaker coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was relegated to seventh-choice central...

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes first mistakes of caretaker reign

Manchester United supporters used to call Sir Alex Ferguson’s selection method The Tombola and some of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s seemed to have been picked out at random against Burnley. Ferguson, seen chuckling in the stands, used to remark United never made it easy for themselves and this was a return of the classic United onslaught. The winning bubble has...

Manchester United handed Paul Pogba injury scare

Manchester United could be sweating on the fitness of Paul Pogba after the French midfielder was spotted limping after Tuesday night’s draw with Burnley. Pogba played a key role in United’s fight-back against the Clarets, scoring the Reds’ first goal of the night from the penalty spot in the 88th minute after Jesse Lingard was fouled in the box....

Solskjaer compares Fred situation at Manchester United to two former teammates

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Fred’s situation at Manchester United with former teammates Diego Forlan and Juan Sebastian Veron. United bought Fred for £52million from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer but the 25-year-old has started three Premier League games in the last four months and failed to make two of Solskjaer’s eight matchday squads. Veron joined United in a...

How Manchester United should line up vs Burnley

Samuel Luckhurst De Gea is obviously a given and although he was porous for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal, Eric Bailly performed at a reasonable enough level to merit a second successive start. The midfield three are untouchable and the dilemmas are in attack for Solskjaer. That said, Sanchez and Lukaku were not exceptional enough to oust Martial or Rashford for...

Manchester United have important business they must complete

Manchester United have just four days remaining if they want to strengthen their squad ahead of the transfer window closing on Thursday. And the chances of Ed Woodward dusting off his chequebook to secure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new signing before 11pm on January 31st are slim to none as no business is expected to be done. But, the...

Manchester United’s false nine gives them a new tactical dimension

United struggled to raise their game against teams they were expected to beat under Jose Mourinho. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always going to be judged on how his side performed against their direct rivals. Solskjaer has been a manager in his own right since 2011 yet critics wondered whether he had the tactical acumen to get results at...

Why Manchester United fans should still be excited about Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez’s return to the stadium he called home for three-and-a-half years could barely have gone better. A neatly-taken goal – his first for Manchester United since October’s comeback win over Newcastle – and a win to secure United’s passage into the last 16 of the FA Cup. Could we, at long last, be about to see the best...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought a vital Sir Alex Ferguson attribute back to Manchester United

Manchester United’s away win at Arsenal expressed everything we have grown to expect from an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side playing away from home. Counter-attacking play, quick breaks and plenty of goals. If the win against Tottenham two weeks ago was special, then this FA Cup showing was a masterclass in how to set-up shop away from home. Speaking earlier...